As I promised last week, here is the second bike that Matteo up cycled before leaving Italy and the last one that we will be sharing (for now!)
We called it the Black Mamba, because at the end of the project it had a total-black aggressive look!
You might remember that we had another black bike. Back then we actually bought two bikes at a really cheap price: one was the Atala one that Matteo transformed into a classy style one and the second one was this one that still had good bones to work with.
We decided to make it as simple as possible, in order to use most of its original parts, at least the ones that were still usable, such as the tyres that had been recently changed.
Once disassembled, Matteo cut off with a grinder a few things: the dynamo support from the fork, the fender supports from the seat stays and the pump supports from the seat tube. He then prepared the frame with some sanding.
It was painting time! Some good thin coats of matte black, a few days of complete curing time on Matteo’s diy bike standing tool and the frame was finally ready to be a bike again.
He eliminated the rear derailleur and opted for a single speed, with its original chainwheel and a new shorter chain.
He added a new handlebar stem and the vintage original handlebar of my sister’s Sanremo cruiser bike, turned upside down and with a single brake. Matteo of course added his personal “trademark”: a 1 cent coin attached with a copper rivet.
P.s: as you can see from the last picture we actually had to change the handlebar for its original one, with two brakes and new grips, in order to make the bike more attractive to the low-key student public of Padova.